Skip to comments.McCain Slams Obama for Opposing Gun Ownership
Posted on 06/26/2008 10:58:41 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Second Amendment provides individuals the right to bear arms was a "landmark victory" and that his Democratic rival is on the wrong side of the debate.
"Unlike Senator Obama, who refused to join me in signing a bipartisan amicus brief, I was pleased to express my support and call for the ruling issued today," McCain said in a statement issued by his campaign following Thursday's 5-4 ruling.
"Today's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller makes clear that other municipalities like Chicago that have banned handguns have infringed on the constitutional rights of Americans.
"Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right -- sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly," he added.
McCain was referring to Obama's controversial remark before the Pennsylvania primary in April, when he told a San Francisco fundraiser: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And it's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations," Obama said.
McCain, who has been campaigning in the western United States touting his energy plans, said the ruling is not the end of the battle for personal liberty.
"This ruling does not mark the end of our struggle against those who seek to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens," McCain said. "We must always remain vigilant in defense of our freedoms. But today, the Supreme Court ended forever the specious argument that the Second Amendment did not confer an individual right to keep and bear arms."
Some Second Amendment supporters fault McCain for advocating restrictions on gun show sales.
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr on Thursday noted that McCain has co-sponsored legislation that could require the registration of attendees at gun shows and even ban such shows.
McCain, on his campaign Web site, says he supports legislation that would require an instant criminal background check for all sales at gun shows.
Gun ownership kinda infringes on the “Obama or die” theme.
Gun ownership kinda infringes on the Obama or die theme.
“Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today’s ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right — sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly,” he added.
FINALLY! I am not thrilled by John McCain, but at least he finally seems to be taking it to Obama. Expose the socialist, elitist jerk for who he is!
Excuse me: Smith and Wesson.
Yes SCOTUS got this one right The scarey part is that the victory was 5-4... four yahoos thought the right to bear arms didn’t apply to “the people”. Think about how this would be different if BHO were in charge with a dem congress confirming social activist judges. It would only take one more activist liberal justice to vaporize our entire constitution. The next pres will nominate justices for 2-3 vacating SC seats who will likely hear cases involving the 1st amendment (Fairness Doctrine), death penalty, the right to homeschool, religious freedom — the list is endless and scarey. Nuff said.
McCain needs to ride this one hard, this and energy will see him thru!!!! and yeah, Juan is a boofu but I will still vote for him...so y’all can save the quaint Juanito comments...
Nice, but McCain only supports FUDD guns...
Ths decision specifically denies that right.
Yes, the original point & click interface.
I’m glad McCain’s going after Obama on this. He’s got the majority of the country behind him on this issue. I’m not a McCain fan, but he’s playing it smart on this and energy. Hopefully the slim 5-4 victory will cause a few fence-sitters to wake up.
Smith and Wesson? I still haven’t forgotten how they buckled under the Clintonista regime. I’ve got my Beretta and H&K sidearms to comfort me :)
As I said earlier,
Yes Smith and Wesson. What’s your problem?
Five-to-four? So we came that close to losing on this one, which would have made a nice pairing with the decision giving foreign terrorists Constitutional rights last week.
Well that’s a change. He’s goin’ after a Democrat instead of insulting and backstabbing conservatives....
New ownership now (since 2001); time to move on.
It is only a small step in the right direction - but its big change from the normal course of things.
I agree - that he is a boofu for one - but these issues are winners for McCain. The thought of B Hussein Obama appointing judges-for-life is truly frightening.
S&W has since changed ownership and has disavowed any agreement that they had with the clintonista. They are good to go now.
Glad ,too, as they make some of the finest firearms made.
I’d guess that you will NOT vote McCain. Am I right?
What? Be careful what you assume. Who else is there to vote for in order to keep Obama out? Of course I am voting McCain but like many others on this forum I view him as the lesser of two evils.
I stand corrected. No offense to the FReeper S&W enthusiasts intended
I thought you might be a one issue voter when you responded to me with “Smith and Wesson?” I found that to be somewhat arrogant. Thanks for your response. I, too, will vote McCain for your same reasons. We stand together fighting the bastards, FRiend.
I did not intend to come off that way and I apologize for that. I am so darn disgusted with the shape this country is in (and where it is headed) and why we can’t field ANY legitimate, sane leaders who will stand up for the people instead of the special interests. I know that sounds naive but where is the leadership that is not tainted by the beltway?
What part of CO do you live? I was born and raised near Trinidad.
Best to you and all MFO
Myself, and most people I know draw the line at weapons not possessed by the infantryman.
1. Assault Rifles (with automatic fire capability): Yes.
2. Belt fed machineguns: Yes.
99. Nuclear Weapons: No.
I don't see that at all. It specifically says a class of weapons cannot be banned.